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Jets open preseason against Calgary tonight

New players old and young excited to play in MTS Centre

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

After waiting all summer, hockey fans will fill MTS Centre tonight as the Winnipeg Jets open the preseason against the Calgary Flames, and Jack Roslovic may be more excited than all of them.

"A lot of people say it's going to be pretty much a sold out MTS Centre. That's really exciting," said Roslovic. "Just to be able to play along side some of these guys is a great opportunity."

The 25th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft will centre a line with Nic Petan and Joel Armia on the wings. After playing three games in the Young Stars Classic, Roslovic has noticed the pace has picked up in training camp, and expects more of the same tonight.

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Jets begin pre-season schedule tonight vs. Calgary

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3 Radio: TSN 1290

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

Welcome back!

Tonight the Winnipeg Jets open their 2016 pre-season schedule against the Calgary Flames (7:00 pm CT, TSN3).

The Jets are getting their first taste of the exhibition season after four consecutive days of practice at MTS Iceplex. The Flames, meanwhile, opened their seven-game slate with a pair of losses to the Edmonton Oilers in split-squad action yesterday (4-2 at Rogers Place and 2-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome), leaving them 0-2 coming into tonight's encounter at MTS Centre.

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Laine hits the ice for the first time as a Jet

Second-overall pick returns from World Cup, along with Wheeler, Scheifele & Byfuglien

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

WINNIPEG - It was the moment we've all been waiting for.

Three long months after being taken with second pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Patrik Laine took to the ice Monday for the very first time as a Jet, skating alongside the captain, Blake Wheeler, and fellow first-rounder Jack Roslovic in the day's early-morning session.

"It's awesome to be here, finally - and to be here with these awesome players and have a chance to get to know each other, it's great," Laine said.

"I'm having a good time."

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Leadership group returns to training camp

Wheeler, Scheifele, Byfuglien take to the ice at MTS Iceplex

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

CAMP | Blake Wheeler

CAMP | Blake Wheeler

Captain Blake Wheeler talks about Jacob Trouba, the World Cup and finally getting back to work after a long offseason

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For the first time since it was announced on August 31, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and Dustin Byfuglien took to the ice in their new roles of captain and alternate captains of the Winnipeg Jets.

Wheeler and Byfuglien (USA) and Scheifele (North America) had been in Toronto for the World Cup of Hockey, and after being cleared by the team's medical staff, took their first strides at training camp.

"It's nice to get home, (and) nice to see the family again," said Wheeler, who finished with one assist in three games with USA.

"It's nice to get into routine here, get back with the guys, and try to get up to speed with what we're doing, and start to build some chemistry within our group."

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Stuart "holding out hope" that Trouba signs with Jets

Defenceman, agent released a statement late Saturday night

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

WINNIPEG - The optimism hasn't left Mark Stuart, or any member of the Winnipeg Jets just yet.

It could have late last night, when restricted free agent Jacob Trouba's agent released a statement requesting a trade.

But Stuart is still "holding out hope" that a deal can be reached.

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Morrissey looks to win job with the big club

21-year-old is entering his second pro season; had 22 points last year with the Manitoba Moose

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets prospect Josh Morrissey is the quieter type in person, but his play on the ice during the first three days of training camp has been anything but.

"I'm feeling a lot more confident this year," Morrissey said following Sunday's hour-and-a-half long practice at MTS Iceplex.

"To be a great player in a great league, you've got to be able to do everything well. … I feel better and stronger than I ever have."

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Statement regarding Jacob Trouba

"We are aware of the statement issued by Kurt Overhardt regarding Jacob Trouba..."

by Winnipeg Jets @WpgJetsPR /

Kevin Cheveldayoff, Executive Vice-President & General Manager, today issued the following statement on behalf of the Winnipeg Jets with regards to defenceman Jacob Trouba:

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Hellebuyck, Pavelec return from World Cup

Both goalies will be battling for the No. 1 job this season

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

WINNIPEG - Connor Hellebuyck will remember the World Cup of Hockey and his Team North America teammates fondly.

"It was ridiculous how fast that team was. It was so fun to watch no matter where you were, bleachers or front row," Hellebuyck said of the exciting under-23 squad. "Just knowing that I got to play with that is a huge honour for me. I'm glad to be a part of that fast team, and to be honest I think we should still be in it. We took five minutes off and it cost us the tourney."

That five minutes happened against Russia, when North America gave up four unanswered goals and ultimately dropped a 4-3 decision. The loss would prove costly, as North America was eliminated from playoff contention with the Russian victory over Finland a couple days later.

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Strait settling in after career comes full circle

Jets put a waiver claim in several years back, but were not successful

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

WINNIPEG - Go back - waaaay back to the winter of 2013. It was then when General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets took an interest in Brian Strait, one of the newest recruits in this year's edition of the club.

After spending more than four years with the team that drafted him in the third round seven years prior, the defenceman's time as a Pittsburgh Penguin had come to an end after being placed on waivers.

Cheveldayoff put a claim in hoping to secure the services of the now 28-year-old, but so, too, did the struggling New York Islanders.

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Hutchinson has a new look in camp

A new mask, and a turn to the "dark side" for the 26-year old

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

It was a new look Michael Hutchinson that took to the ice in training camp today.

With a new two-year contract signed earlier in the summer, Hutchinson had a new mask designed and new dark equipment ordered in for 2016-2017.

"I've been working with the same painter for a few years, and he's unbelievably creative," said the 26-year-old Hutchinson. "I just like something that's simple and easy to see from far away. We talked and we liked how the matte wooden finish worked out a couple years ago. So we decided to go with a matte finish again.

"From there, he just came up with an amazing design and the colours really kind of pop and go with the jersey."

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